Science and energy experts choose Brisbane
The medical, science and energy sectors dominate the line-up of recently confirmed conventions for Brisbane and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC).
BCEC’s international team confirmed 28 new international meetings during the past 12 months, expected to generate in excess of $100 million for the local economy.
In many cases, BCEC’s international team works in conjunction with Brisbane Marketing and other city convention partners to secure business for Brisbane.
International experts from the medical and material sciences, energy, horticulture, education and the environment will visit Brisbane, many for the first time, bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise.
One event at the cutting edge of renewable energy is the Asia Pacific Symposium on Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion which will take place at the centre in February 2014.
An inaugural event for the centre and for Brisbane, it is the work of Professor Chris Greig, director of the University of Queensland (UQ) Energy Initiative and Professor George Zhao from the UQ School of Chemical Engineering. This home grown event is the third such initiative for BCEC in the last 12 months and an integral part of the centre’s collaboration strategy with the University of Queensland in creating conferences in fields where Brisbane has world-leading expertise.
Electrochemical Energy Storage Conversion explores cost-effective energy storage technologies to enhance renewable energy utilisation. Professor Greig says Australia and the world face a major challenge to limit greenhouse gas emissions and one of the options is to increase the use of renewable energy.
“If we had cost-effective energy storage technologies then these intermittent renewable energy sources like our solar and wind would be able to be deployed far more widely and effectively,” he says.
University of Queensland is one of a number of universities worldwide which are leading the way in advancing electrochemical energy storage and conversion technologies.
“UQ’s leadership in initiating this conference in the Asia Pacific Region is an attempt to focus attention on this critical technology and the current world leading research, innovation and commercial development progress going on at the present time,” he said.
Another event in the nanotechnology and material science sector confirmed for the centre in August 2015 is the International Mesostructured Materials Symposium (IMMS). This is the first time this event has been held in Australia having previously taken place in Japan, Italy, Belgium, China, South Africa, Korea, Canada and the USA.
The BCEC team assisted the bid led by Professor George Zhao, Secretary for the International Mesostructured Materials Association (IMMA) from the UQ School of Engineering with support from BCEC Advocate Professor Max Lu, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research University of Queensland.
Further underpinning Brisbane’s strengths in this sector was the announcement that the centre had confirmed the International Conference on Emerging Nanomaterials (ICEAN) for an expected 500 delegates in February 2015.
Food, glorious food
Delegates meeting at the BCEC continue to be impressed with the food quality, and will no doubt be even more tantalised with some incredible cuisine in coming years with the release of the centre’s new menu planner.
The new BCEC Menu Planner is in response to evolving trends in catering and is the product of 12 months of research and shared feedback from clients
The structure and makeup of both the content and style of the planner is designed to meet emerging trends of the industry. m
Sea World to build convention centre
The new conference centre is a welcome addition to the resort’s existing six meeting rooms. The new facility will be capable of catering to 1000 people and be divisible into three sections. It will include the latest audio-visual equipment, a porte cochere with vehicle access, as well as a large al fresco-style verandah ideal for coffee breaks, lunches and cocktail receptions.
The new convention centre adds to the plethora of options for delegates at Sea World Resort, which prides itself on offering unique day or night social events which can be arranged on-site or at one of its sister properties.
Whether it is a breakfast with the dolphins at Sea World, glitzy affairs at Warner Bros. Movie World, casual chill-out beach parties at Wet’n’Wild Water World, bush themed dinners at Paradise Country, or adventures your guests will never forget at Australian Outback Spectacular, Sea World Resort offers a myriad of options. m